Depakote (ER) Uses

Depakote ER Uses Overview

Depakote ER is Used to:

  • Prevent migraine in adults
  • Treat bipolar mania in adults
  • Treat epileptic seizures in adults and children 10 years of age and older
    • Complex partial seizures in adults and children 10 years of age and older
    • Simple and complex absence seizures in adults and children 10 years of age and older

 

Migraine Headaches

A migraine is typically described as a headache disorder that causes symptoms beyond what might be considered normal, including throbbing, nausea, and sensitivity to light, sound, and/or odors. Depakote ER is only used as prevention and is not intended for use once a headache has started.
 

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness. People who have it experience have dramatic changes in their mood. They may go from overly energetic, “high” and/or irritable, to sad and hopeless, and then back again without any obvious reason. They can often have normal moods in between. The up feeling is called mania. The down feeling is called depression, which is why they are called manic/depressive episodes.
 

Seizures

There are many different types of seizures. People may experience just one type or more than one. Depakote ER is used to treat:

  • Partial Seizures: Partial seizures are the most common type of seizure and are caused by an electrical disturbance that is limited to a specific area of one side of the brain
  • Absence Seizures (also called petit mal) are more common in children and are brief interruptions in a persons’ awareness that may begin and end without warning. Many very brief attacks can occur during the course of the day.

Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010. Click the References Link below for a complete list of references.

Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010.
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